A math teacher from Fairview has been named the 2013 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
Elaine Hutchison was named at a ceremony Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Fair.
Hutchison teaches math at Fairview High School, Chamberlain Middle School and the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Regional Center in Fairview. She is also the high school assistant girls basketball coach. She has 19 years of experience and has National Board Certification.
She was selected from a dozen regional finalists from across the state. Contestants submit portfolios and videos, and then they go through individual and group interviews earlier this month.
As the winner, Hutchison will spend the next year speaking throughout the state and serving as an ambassador for Oklahoma teachers. She is also in the running for the title of National Teacher of the Year and will have the chance to meet the president at a summit in Washington, D.C.
Hutchison will receive prizes, including use of a car for the year and a weeklong trip to Space Camp. Donors chip in everything from cash prizes to tuition waivers to gifts.
The other finalists were Cindy Bailey of Altus High School; Carol Brinsfield of Checotah Intermediate School; Andrea Brock of Moore West Junior High School; Daniel Buckmaster of Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School in Oklahoma City; Kyle Cooper of Central Elementary School in Coweta; Tiffani Cooper of Owasso Mid-High School; Lisa Lamont of Irving Elementary School in Muskogee; Lane Matheson of Memorial High School and Engineering Academy in Tulsa; Angela McKenna of Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond; Brenda Roberts of Homer Elementary School in Byng; and Lee Ann Stone of Woodward Early Childhood Center.